2-7 Lowball Poker

My final post on Bill’s blog will be about 2-7 Lowball Poker. I know it’s been a while since my last post in my lowball poker series but on the whole I hope everyone’s enjoyed reading what I’ve had to write, I’ve certainly enjoyed writing it.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bill once again for letting me write the posts, it’s been really good for me to get my sites some coverage and hopefully we’ll work together again sometime in the future.

This post is going to cover a bit about 2-7 Lowball Poker (single draw and triple draw) focusing on it’s history, popularity online and how to play.

The History Of 2-7 Lowball

2-7 Lowball Poker such as 2-7 single draw and 2-7 triple draw are historically popular high stakes games with the buy in for the WSOP 2-7 events ranging from a $5,000 rebuy to a $10,000 freezeout. The first 2-7 Lowball event on the WSOP calendar came back in 1973, which was the third ever World series of Poker, and since then 2-7 games have featured at thirty five out of the next thirty seven World Series of Poker championships. The winners list of 2-7 events really is a who’s who of poker legends. The list includes the poker great Doyle Brunson, Rounders star Johnny Chan and the man dubbed by many the greatest poker player of all time Stu Ungar.

Up until 2008 it was pretty difficult to get a game of single draw or triple draw. Neither of the two poker variants were offered online so you either had to play a home game, one of the high stakes WSOP events or sit with some of the best South Californian grinders who were well known for their high stakes 2-7 action. PokerStars finally stepped up to the plate in 2008 however and added both 2-7 single draw and 2-7 triple draw to their spread of games online. Since then the more popular of the two games in the online world has always been Triple Draw which has only ever been spread as a fixed limit game at PokerStars. Single Draw is less popular and PokerStars only spread it as a no limit game.

How To Play 2-7 Lowball Poker

In this little how to play 2-7 lowball poker guide I’ll cover how to play nl 2-7 single draw. Once you’ve learned how to play that learning to play 2-7 triple draw shouldn’t be a problem at all, all you’ll need to do is add another two drawing rounds into proceedings.

– NL 2-7 single draw starts out with the player to the left of the dealer posting the small blind and the player to the small blinds left posting the big blind. Cards are dealt around the table in a clockwise direction.

– The dealer then deals each player sat at the table five cards each. All cards are face down and un exposed to the rest of the table.

– After players have received their first five cards a round of betting takes place starting with the player to the left of the big blind. When playing NL 2-7 single draw there is no betting limit, when playing triple draw you’ll usually find the betting limit is fixed at a certain amount.

– Anyone who remains in the hand after the first betting round then moves on to a drawing round. During this round players can draw cards from the deck in an attempt to improve their hand. There is no minimum amount of cards you can draw but the max is obviously five.

– Should the dealer run out of cards at any point during the drawing round, this is much more likely when playing triple draw, then the discarded cards are shuffled and used for players to draw from.

– A final round of betting takes place after the drawing round is complete and the hand goes to a showdown. At showdown the best possible holding is 2-3-4-5-7, this is because when playing 2-7 lowball aces are always considered to be high cards and straights count as a high hand as well.

More Info on 2-7 Lowball

If you want to read more about 2-7 lowball poker and want to find out the best place to play online then I suggest you check out this page of my website: nl 2-7 it covers the full rules of 2-7 lowball poker and explains the differences between nl 2-7 single draw and 2-7 triple draw.

Thanks again for reading, hope everyone’s enjoyed my posts and if anyone would like me to guest post on their blog I’d be more than happy to! Just leave a comment and let me know.

Cheers guys,


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Bill Rini
Bill Rini is currently the Head of Online Poker for WSOP. He has been working in the online poker industry since 2004 and has held management roles at Full Tilt Poker and PartyPoker.

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